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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally

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And Now, Time for a Short, Brisk Whipping!

AS OPPOSED TO A LONG, drawn-out torture, which could be, for instance, reading the manual! It has its purpose, and I bring it with me, but it’s not exactly a nail-biting, whodunit page-turner.

There’s a ton of information out there about the basics of flash, from numbers and ratios to style and approach. TTL (through the lens) works, but it has its ups and downs, and is influenced by what the camera sees—through the lens! I know this isn’t exactly shocking news. The TTL systems work because of an explanatory/communicator pre-flash that the unit pops out, milliseconds before the actual exposure, which gives the camera’s considerable brain information and detail to chew on. The camera then pulls all the ...

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